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At Our Bodies Our Blog – Swine Flu vs. Midwives, Sick Leave

April 29, 2009

Today at Our Bodies Our Blog, I have a post on how MomsRising and The Big Push for Midwives are using the swine flu situation to raise issues of home birth, midwifery, and paid sick leave.

Also, Christine is covering the approval of Kathleen Sebelius at HHS.

Completely unrelatedly, it’s now officially boob sweat season here in the Southeast. Ick.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Martin Phillips permalink
    April 30, 2009 3:16 am

    People are completly overeacting to this “outbreak” Millions of people die every year from maleria, Aids or simply not having enough food (do we care? not really and certainly not enough) and we in the West completly panic at the prospects of getting Flu! You have more chance of being killed in your car than dying from flu; or from heart desease. cancer you name it. We need to harden up. We’re getting soft and pampered. God knows what it would be like if a real disaster struck us. I suggets people go off to India and spend time in a village that has no sanitation for a week. people would soon shut up.

    Martin London

  2. April 30, 2009 6:52 am

    Martin, I agree that there are any number of problems around the globe that require attention. However, I’m also cautious enough to say that in the right circumstances, pandemics can be “a real disaster,” and so are not candidates for complete dismissal of our attention. Some of the media coverage I’ve seen has been completely overblown and deliberately alarming, but I reject the notion that paying any attention to one thing means all other things necessarily must be being ignored.

  3. Cindy permalink
    May 1, 2009 2:44 am

    As you can see on this swine flu map it is spreading very fast. This will maybe lead to a global crisis, which could be even greater than malaria. Let’s hope the best.

  4. May 1, 2009 9:52 am

    I agree with home birth, however to jump on the fear bandwagon to promote the midwife cause is crazy. It makes you lose credibility. Pregnant women are at more risk from the complications of influenza then the general population. The most likely place they would contact it is while they are living their everyday lives. Not from delivering their babies in a hospital. Jeesh! That is a real stretch!

  5. May 1, 2009 10:01 am

    If I’m not mistaken, home birth is something that folks have been talking about for a bit wrt pandemic response, so I don’t think the discussion is entirely new for this specific situation. I can certainly see the concerns about overhyping in the service of an agenda, but I think there are actually a number of issues in health care delivery that the whole swine flu thing *should* focus some attention on.

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